KU Libraries 2020 Information Literacy Mini-Grants: Home

Information Literacy Mini-Grants 2018 Panel

A panel presentation featuring the 2018 KU Libraries information literacy mini-grants recipients was held on April 15th, 2019. Faculty recipients discussed their experiences participating in the information literacy mini-grants program and collaborating with librarians on assignment design.  You can view the panel presentation here.

Tamara Falicov, Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies
Meggie Mapes, Introductory Course Director, Department of Communication Studies
Joshua Miner, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies

About the Grants

KU Libraries Information Literacy Mini Grants

KU Libraries are offering three (3) mini-grants in the amount of $500 to faculty who commit to working with a team of librarians to redesign an assignment in an undergraduate course to meet an information literacy learning outcome.  In partnership with librarians and library staff, faculty will explore ideas for assignment redesign to deepen students’ information literacy skills. 

“Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”

Eligibility and Application Procedure

Eligibility and Expectations

Faculty and Academic Staff from any department or program on the KU Lawrence campus are eligible.  Courses must be a 3-credit hour undergraduate course offered in the spring 2021 semester.

In collaboration with librarians, recipients of the mini-grants are expected to:

  • Meet with librarians 3-5 times during the fall 2019 semester. 
  • Redesign a major assignment from the course to scaffold information literacy skills throughout the research process.
  • Develop an information literacy learning outcome for the assignment.
  • Establish a baseline metric for student information literacy skills.
  • Create rubric to assess information literacy skills.
  • Implement the assignment in the course during the spring 2020 semester.
  • Share student learning artifacts with Libraries after implementation for the purposes of information literacy assessment.
  • Add appropriate Creative Commons licensing to all assignment materials to be shared as an Open Educational Resource (OER) in KU ScholarWorks.


Applications are due on May 1, 2020.  Recipients will be notified by May 15, 2020.  Funds will be transferred at the completion of the fall 2020 semester.

Application Requirements

Please send applications to lib_rldivision@ku.edu with "Mini Grant Application" in subject line.

Selection Committee

Andi Back, Assistant Librarian/Fine Arts & Humanities Librarian

Jill Becker, Assistant Librarian/Head of the Center for Undergraduate Initiatives and Engagement

Samantha Bishop Simmons, Undergraduate Learning Specialist

Natalie Mahan, Undergraduate Learning Specialist

Betsaida Reyes, Assistant Librarian/Librarian for Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, & Caribbean Studies